The Bundesverband Musikindustrie (English: Federal Music Industry Association), or simply BVMI, represents the music industry in Germany. The association represents the interests of nearly 280 labels and music industry related enterprises, which comprise 90% of the music industry.
Bundesverband Musikindustrie is a member of International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which is based in London, England. IFPI consists of music associations of 70 countries.
BVMI works closely with GfK Entertainment (formerly "Media Control GfK International") (founded in 1976) which is in charge of publishing the music charts in Germany on weekly bases.
Bundesverband Musikindustrie, which is responsible for certifying Gold and Platinum certification awards, is led by Dieter Gorny, who has been the chairman since 2009.
Bundesverband Musikindustrie Wikipedia
BVMI launched its Gold and Platinum award program in 1975, and relies on an independent auditor for the accuracy of the sales required for the awards.
BVMI will have instituted Diamond-award for the first time in its history on June 1, 2014. While BVMI will begin awarding Diamond-awards starting from June 1, 2014, the organization will apply the award to the titles released on/after January 1, 2013.
Starting also from June 1, 2014, BVMI raised its certification-award-levels for the Singles, from the previous 150,000 units for Gold and 300,000 units for Platinum to 200,000 units for Gold and 400,000 units for Platinum. The change in the certification-levels of the Singles is affected by both inclusion of Streaming as well as an increase in sales of downloads that has been seen in recent years. The company will consider 100 streams with the running time of at least 30 seconds or more as one single download.
BVMI follows the following pattern to certify records:1 x Gold
1 x Platinum
3 x Gold
2 x Platinum
5 x Gold
3 x Platinum etc.
The association does not issue awards for 2 x Gold or 4 x Gold which overlie the requirements of platinum certification awards. Sales of both physical and digital, whether it is an album or a single, can be included for certification.